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Healthy Schools

Children spend significant amounts of time in school or in childcare facilities outside the home so these settings afford an important opportunity to influence the health and lifestyle choices of the next generation.

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act passed by Congress in 2010 required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to update nutrition standards for foods and beverages served in schools, including items sold through vending machines and school stores and to strengthen their overall wellness policies for students. Increasing attention is also being focused on nutrition and physical activity in childcare settings for preschool-aged children. But more can be done.

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